Few serious reactions to HPV vaccine

Fainting, nausea among young women, girls is rare, study shows

Reuters – updated 3:09 p.m. MT, Tues., Aug 18, 2009


WASHINGTON – Adverse events like fainting or nausea remain rare among young women and girls given Merck and Co’s Gardasil vaccine against cervical cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.The vaccine, which protects against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that causes genital warts and cervical, head and neck, and penile cancer, does not appear to be causing any unusual side-effects, Dr. Barbara Slade of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and colleagues reported.

About 23 million doses of the vaccine have been given in the United States. Fewer than 1 percent of patients — or about 54 people out of every 100,000 — experienced adverse events like fainting or feelings of nausea or dizziness, Slade’s team reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.